Apart from its dominance in the electronics world, China has always been home to some of the most fascinating examples of modern architecture as well. While many of these architectural marvels have been fruitful for the native population, others like the New South China Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the world, have been left deserted. All that negativity surrounding the New South China Mall hasn’t stopped French architecture firm, Valode Et Pistre Architecte, from designing another mega shopping mall for the country.
The architecture firm has won an international competition to build the all new shopping facility in Hainan Island, China. Construction has begun on the 125,000sqm complex, which is destined to be the largest duty-free shopping facilities in the world. The design takes inspiration from the Haitang Bay flower, from which the overall master plan distribution and the free form of the building come from.
The retail buildings in the shopping center come wrapped in an undulating roofscape made from glass and aluminum panels. A large number of top-end and flagship stores are clustered around the inner courtyards with latticework voids extending down the glazed roof. The inner atrium of the building, due to the inclusion of a glass roof and voids, gets plenty of natural light and natural ventilation, helping save a lot of energy and hence reducing the building’s carbon footprint.